Tag Archive | research

Yuval’s work on the Cover of the Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Chemistry

Postdoc Yuval Vidavsky’s paper entitled Modulating Metallopolymer Mechanical Properties by Controlling Metal Ligand Crosslinking is featured as the cover article in the June issue of the Journal of Polymer Science: Polymer Chemistry. Yuval conceived, synthesized, and tested a series of polymers that can be reversibly crosslinked by addition and removal of copper cations, thereby tailoring the stiffness and […]

Medical Implant Paper out in PNAS

Our collaborative work with Minglin Ma’s group (Cornell Biological and Environmental Engineering) on a potential medical treatment for type 1 diabetes is now published in PNAS. The paper entitled “Designing a retrievable and scalable cell encapsulation device for potential treatment of type 1 diabetes” was led by Minglin’s PhD students Duo An and Alan Chiu. […]

Mechanochemistry in Materials book now available

Mechanochemistry in Materials is now available for purchase. This book includes a chapter on mechanochemical transduction in bulk polymers by PI Silberstein and former graduate student Meenakshi Manivannan and also a chapter on mechanophore design for chemical function by collaborator Charles Diesendruck.

CCMR Jumpstart Funding

Cryomech and the MMD lab have won CCMR Jumpstart funding to investigate polymer seals. Undergraduate Kenneth Fang, who has been working in the lab since last spring, will take the lead on this project. Full story within the Cornell Chronicle.

SCPN Based Thermoplastics

Our first experimental paper in our ongoing collaboration with the Diesendruck group on single chain polymer nanoparticles (SCPN) is out in Macromolecules. This manuscript presents the first ever mechanical testing on bulk polymers composed entirely of this novel SCPN architecture for which bulk properties can be tailored by changing the degree of SCPN cross-linking. Or Galant […]

Simulated Compression of Single Chain Polymer Nanoparticles (SCPN)

Graduate student Suwon Bae has published his work on the thermo-mechanical properties of single chain polymer nanoparticles in Soft Matter. This work is in collaboration with Or Galant of the Diesendruck group at the Technion who spent the summer as a visiting student in our lab. This first ever study on the mechanical properties of […]


Prof Silberstein won the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her proposed research project “Building a Mechanistic Understanding of Mechanochemically Adaptive Polymers.” This 5 year grant will enable the MMD lab to significantly advance the mechanics framework for mechanochemically enabled function in both rubbery and glassy materials. This work will lead to materials […]